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Posted by Shellye Blake REALTOR® on 7/9/2020

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When you list your home for sale, you are setting it up to sell to a wide range of buyers. Chances are the person who buys your home is not going to be the same as you, and often they will belong to a completely different generation. For example, if you’re prepping to sell your starter home, you may find that it’s a retiree who is looking to downsize that finds it most appealing. Staging your home to sell well requires staging it to appeal to a variety of buyers, across different generations. These tips can help.

Choose Luxury Upgrades When Possible

If your kitchen cabinets need an upgrade, for example, you aren’t going to sway every potential buyer with just a fresh coat of paint. Choosing luxury upgrades when they are within your budget will make the home appealing across generations.

Add Conveniences

Younger buyers and older buyers all appreciate modern convenience. Updated appliances, technology-friendly additions, smart thermostats, and energy-efficient upgrades are all the types of things buyers want, regardless of their age. These types of conveniences will also make your home more appealing to older buyers who are more choosy when they shop for a home.

Create a Home Office

Both young buyers, who may anticipate work-from-home options while their children are little, and older buyers, who no longer need a lot of bedrooms, appreciate the convenience of a home office. Take inventory of your home, and consider if there is a part of it that you could transform to be a home office.

Choose Paint Colors Carefully

If you’re going to give the house a fresh coat of paint, choose wisely. Millennials and other young buyers tend to move towards white and gray color schemes, while older buyers often opt for neutral tones. Choose a white and gray color palette, but keep it on the lighter end to capture a neutral vibe that will appeal to a broad range of folks.

Create Open Spaces

While you don’t necessarily want to tackle a demo job, if you have spaces in your home that you can open up by moving your furniture placement, do it. It will make the space feel larger and invite people from any generation to feel more at home. It also creates images of fun family get-togethers, which both older buyers and younger ones appreciate.

Staging a home to appeal to multiple generations is not difficult, but it does require a little planning. By putting in the effort before you list, you will increase the chances of a fast, successful sale by opening the door to more potential buyers.




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Posted by Shellye Blake REALTOR® on 4/30/2020

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Don’t underestimate the importance of a fresh coat of paint when it comes to preparing to sell your home. Apart from changing the look of your space, it also adds to the value of your house.  Painting can make your home feel brand new and attract the attention of serious buyers. While painting can be an overwhelming and messy task, don't allow this to deter you. With the following tips, you can complete the task in less time and cleanup will be a snap. 

Use heavy foil

Line your paint tray with heavy-duty aluminum foil. When changing colors or you’re done for the day, pour the excess back into the can, and toss the foil.

Cut edging tape

If you’re using painters or masking tape to protect your trim, run a utility knife down the edge of the tape before attempting to remove it. This will make it easier to remove and create a cleaner edge.

Fabric softener 

Try cleaning up your brushes with warm water and fabric softener if you are using water-based paint. The fabric softener dissolves paint easily because it is a surfactant and leaves the bristles soft and pliable. Rinse the brush thoroughly and allow it to air dry.

Drop cloths 

If you’re using drop cloths, consider using cloths that are long and narrow. This configuration is easier to move around your room and generally won’t involve a lot of folding or gathering. You’ll be less likely to trip or get your ladder caught in extra material.

Use cardboard

An excellent alternative to drop fabric or plastic is cardboard. Flattened cartons prevent paint from dripping on your floors and protect them from damage by ladders and scaffolding. Another advantage of using dismantled boxes is that their smooth edges stick closer to baseboards protecting floors from drips, spatter, and overspray. 

Painting your home will add value and freshness to your home. Consult with your real estate agent about current color trends.





Posted by Shellye Blake REALTOR® on 1/25/2018

When selling your home, you want to be able to get the largest return for your investment. And buyers are looking for their next place to call home. They are looking for a place that they can see themselves living and creating a future. And oftentimes, it’s very difficult for buyers to look beyond the cosmetics of a home, especially when viewing online. Therefore, if large investments are not in the cards for you or won’t bring a significant ROI, small home improvements are the way to go. These small improvements can take your home from blah to wow!

Let’s take a look at some of the best small home improvements that will certainly provide you with a return.  

1. Fresh coat of paint: A fresh coat of paint can make the world of a difference in a home. It can instantly brighten up a space and make the home look and feel newer—an instant plus for any seller and buyer. But be sure to choose more neutral colors as not everyone will be a fan of bold colors.

2. Adding architectural touches: Architectural features like crown molding and a chair rail can add an elegant upgrade to any home. They can be fairly inexpensive and would only take a weekend to put up.

3. Update front door: Your front door is a large part of your curb appeal. And a home’s curb appeal can leave a substantial impression on buyers. You can go the inexpensive route and add a pop of color that compliments your home’s exterior and landscaping or purchase a new door if a coat of paint won’t do the trick.

4. Add a backsplash: Backsplashes don’t have to break the bank to catch a buyer’s eye. And there are so many options from subway tile to mosaic to antique tin.

5. New hardware: Updating the hardware in your kitchen and bathroom can make the world of a difference. Adding modern hardware to cabinet doors will add a refreshing, simple update.

6. Update fixtures: Replacing old, worn down bathroom and kitchen fixtures is a very simple home improvement. Although not the cheapest of these options, they will definitely make a big difference in those rooms.Think of a home built in the 90s that has brass fixtures. The home looks very outdated and therefore worth less in the eyes of a buyer. If you update these fixtures to pewter or brushed nickel, you are instantly bringing the spaces into the 21st century and catching the appeal of buyers.

The amount of time, effort, and money that you want to put back into your home is a decision that you alone can make. It may seem silly to put more money into the home you are trying to sell, but it’s quite the opposite. Be smart about your updates and improvements. Try to think like a buyer and make updates that the majority will like and want.





Posted by Shellye Blake REALTOR® on 5/18/2017

Want to show the full potential of your home's garage to prospective homebuyers? Embark on a garage renovation journey – you'll be happy you did! With the right garage improvements, you'll be able to maximize the storage space at your disposal and make your house more attractive to homebuyers as well. So what does it take to transform your garage into a wonderful storage space? Here are three garage improvement tips that every home seller needs to know: 1. Declutter Immediately. Remember the old car parts, broken tennis racket and other clutter that fills your garage? Now is a perfect time to get rid of it, especially if you want to improve your chances of selling your home and free up space in your garage simultaneously. Decluttering your garage can be simple, particularly for a home seller who is focused on showing homebuyers just how much space his or her garage has to offer. Remember, one person's junk is another's treasure, and you may be able to sell some of the items in your garage online or as part of a yard sale. On the other hand, you can dispose of broken items in your garage, or you may be able to donate various items in your garage to a charitable organization. 2. Use All of the Garage Storage Space That Is Available. Don't be afraid to think outside the box to use all of the storage space in your garage. For instance, did you know that you can use ceiling hooks to hang a bike or canoe in your garage? That's right, and this creative use of storage space might help you optimize all of the garage space that is available. In addition, many home improvement retailers sell innovative storage solutions that you can use to maximize your garage storage space. And with state-of-the-art garage storage solutions like slatted hooks, you should have no trouble storing a wide range of items in your garage at all times. 3. Keep Your Garage Neat and Clean. Like every room in your home, your house's garage can make a difference in the eyes of homebuyers. Thus, you'll want to make it a neat, clean area, one that may help you generate interest from homebuyers. Ensuring anyone can enter and exit your garage easily is paramount. Furthermore, you may want to show homebuyers that your garage is capable of holding multiple cars and should try to highlight the ample amount of space it offers. Garage improvements usually offer substantial return on investment (ROI), particularly for a home seller who is operating on a budget. These repairs may enable you to enhance the appearance of your home without breaking the bank, and ultimately, speed up your chances of selling your residence. Take another step toward generating significant interest in your residence by embarking on a garage improvement journey. By completing the right garage repairs in a timely manner, you'll be better equipped to maximize the value of your house and spark interest among many homebuyers.





Posted by Shellye Blake REALTOR® on 3/16/2017

Rain Gutters Help Prevent Structural Damage Rain guttering is designed to carry water away from the home and directs it to a location where the water will do the most good or the least damage. Left unchecked, rain gutter leaks can cause substantial damage to even the newest of structures. No matter where in the country your home is located, it is going to rain. Low-capacity, clogged or damaged gutters cause rainwater to overflow, which can lead to water damage to the siding, wood, drywall, or foundation of your home. This relatively common maintenance issue makes correctly installed and maintained rain gutters an important, yet frequently overlooked, part of the home’s exterior. Properly working rain guttering helps your home stand up under harsh weather conditions. When it rains, water flows off the roof into the rain guttering, which directs the water away from the structure. A rain gutter drainage system ensures that rainwater will not be able to collect on your roof, pool and leak under shingles, ultimately entering and damaging the interior of your home. Rain Gutter Replacement There are a great many reasons why you may be considering replacing the rain guttering on your home. You may have low capacity gutters that are unable to handle the amount of water generated by a massive storm, or your gutters may be old and ugly or damaged by icing or the wind. Replacing your old guttering system with new rain gutters can help you avoid costly repairs caused by water damage. When shopping for new rain gutters for your home, compare products. No matter the style of your home, there are guttering systems designed to compliment and add to the visual appeal of your property. Contact A Professional A professional roofing contractor will measure the perimeter of your home to ensure a perfect fit and will suggest a rain gutter system designed to compliment the style of your home. Gutters are available in different sizes, styles, colors and quality. Opt for an established brand, backed by a manufacturer’s warranty. A screened guttering system prevents blockage from a build-up of leaves and debris blown by the wind. Because rain guttering comes in different sizes with different sized drainage spouts, it is important to choose a system sized to handle the heaviest of rainfalls that are likely to occur in your region of the country. A system that does not carry off all the water in the most challenging of conditions is practically worthless as it does not prevent the pooling and potential water damage it is supposed to alleviate. Installed properly by a professional, quality rain guttering will not warp or bend and break under the weight of the heaviest rainfall. Manufactured from a heavy gauge metal with a baked on weather-resistant finish, a quality rain guttering system is meant to last for years and handle the harshest of weather conditions.




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